Lecturer in Music, Song Literature
Room 419, 855 Commonwealth Avenue
A native of San Diego, California, Dr. Michelle Alexander is a full-time Lecturer and vocal coach at Boston University, where she teaches Song Literature classes as well as Italian Diction, German Diction, Graduate Diction, and Opera Arias for Pianists. She is the Chorus Master for Boston Lyric Opera. She is also an Assistant Professor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she teaches Survey of Diction. Dr. Alexander has had the distinct pleasure and honor to perform with Frederica von Stade as a part of her farewell recital tour in Dorset, VT, as well as other recitals in the Greater New England area. She also spent part of the fall of 2012 at Portland Opera, serving as interim Chorus Master/Associate Music Director for their annual Gala concert.
Dr. Michelle Alexander has also served as the assistant chorus master/rehearsal pianist for Boston Lyric Opera, as well as the chorus master/assistant music director for Granite State Opera in Manchester, NH. She has conducted Cenerentola with chamber orchestra for the Marsh Chapel Collegium Soloists, and has conducted Hansel and Gretel as well as West Side Story and Così fan Tutte for Riverside Theatreworks.
Dr. Alexander has been the music director for the Creede Repertory Theater in Creede, CO from 2005-2007, where she conducted Urinetown, Sweeney Todd, and Crazy for You after making her debut in Harbledown. Dr. Alexander was the conductor/music director for the Boston Opera Project’s 2004 inaugural opera, Regina, and the 2005 New England premiere of Mark Adamo’s Little Women. Dr. Alexander conducted the spring production of H.M.S. Pinafore in 2001 as well as South Pacific in 2005 with Fiddlehead Theater in Norwood, MA, and she made her debut with the Riverside Theatreworks in Hyde Park, MA conducting Pirates of Penzance. Dr. Alexander has been on the coaching staff of Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Gold Coast Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. Before moving to Boston in 1999, she was on the opera/diction faculty at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida.
Dr. Alexander holds a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, a Master’s Degree in Coaching/Accompanying from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Doctorate in Coaching/Accompanying from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Dr. Alexander is a member of the OperaWorks faculty in Los Angeles, CA, and will be joining the coaching staff as Chorus Master/Coach this summer at Opera NEO in San Diego, CA.